Tuesday, August 9, 2011
An honest rioter
The London riots ostensibly started as a protest against the questionable police shooting of Mark Duggan, 29, of Tottenham. If Duggan's supporters want to seek justice for him in the most effective way, they should raise money to hire a good lawyer, sue the police department, and alert the media.
Nah. That's too much work.
So they've rioted instead. These riots have taken on a life of their own, spreading from Tottenham across London all the way to Birmingham. Shops are being looted and torched, police cars attacked, and general mayhem has ensued.
At first, a few media outlets tried to portray these riots as protests against not only the Duggan shooting but also cuts in welfare and government jobs. However, in this morning's AP article, one rioter revealed their real motivation:
"...many appeared attracted simply by the opportunity for violence. 'Come join the fun!' shouted one youth in the east London suburb of Hackney, where shops were attacked and cars torched."
At last, an honest rioter. Diogenes would be happy.